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Today's News

  • New Roane Medical Center shaping up
  • Roane area Food City stores applaud workers’ volunteerism

    Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs recently recognized employees through the supermarket chain’s Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program.

    Cory Hines of the Harriman store was honored for his work with the Harriman Fire Department and Roane County Rescue Squad.

    The Kingston store applauded Cory Frye for his work with the Lenoir City Youth Football Organization.
    Megan Webster, an associate at the Oliver Springs store, was honored for her work with the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Save room for Rockwood pie at Gallaher Grill

    Many Roane Countians will remember the destination of this “Out to Lunch” visit as the former location of the Huddle House on Gallaher Road, in view of Interstate 40.

    Partners Joel Meza and Dr. Mancel Wakham remodeled the building and last March opened Gallaher Grill.

    As manager, Joel brings his seven-year IHOP experience to the new operation. His wife, Rose, worked as a nurse for Wakham.

  • Pugh receives award

    The 2011 Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries and Wildlife Technicians of the Year were recognized at the December meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission. 

  • Yellow Jackets, Blue Devils battle district foes

    It was a rare Thursday night with a pair of district contests involving Roane County teams taking place.

  • Harrison still at Kingston

    There’s nothing like rumors in a small town.

    In Kingston on Thursday there was a rumor circulating that Kingston’s new football coach, Blair Harrison, had resigned his post less than one week after being introduced as Vic King’s replacement.

  • Rockwood splits with Sunbright

    In a battle of Tigers, Rockwood and Sunbright split a pair of non district games Thursday night at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium in Rockwood.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Worried about middle age? Celebrate, instead

    I was up the other morning at 4:30, trading fitful sleep to deal, head-on, with the nagging swirl of thoughts drifting through my subconscious.
    I brewed a pot of coffee, pulled my favorite mug from the cupboard, poured a steaming cup and got to work.
    Such is life these days.
    I wonder if these early, often unwelcome, awakenings are a natural part of life at middle age or simply prompted by the sheer busy-ness of my work and personal life.
    No matter.
    It is of middle age, not lack of sleep (ugh) or coffee (joy!), I come to write to you today.

  • Schools respond to bullying lawsuit

    Melissa L. Hunka filed a $5 million federal lawsuit against Roane County Schools in November, claiming her son was subjected to repeated bullying at Walnut Hill Elementary School. 
    The school system filed an answer to the lawsuit on Tuesday, denying Hunka’s allegations. 

  • County whole in district

    The reshaping of the state’s congressional districts makes Roane County whole.
    “I’m glad to see us back together again,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.
    Roane County had been split between the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts. The redistricting plan approved by state legislators earlier this month puts the entire county in the 3rd District.
    Yager, a Harriman Republican, praised the move because it means Roane County and Oak Ridge will no longer be in different districts.